Practitioners

Denise Perron MSW, RSW

Denise Perron has a Masters Degree in Social Work with experience in the field since 1979. Her clinical background includes work with mental health, addictions, trauma and recovery, stress management, occupational or life transitions, critical incidence stress and work with couples, families and children. She works from a holistic perspective and uses many different therapeutic techniques suited to your individual needs. Denise is also experienced in program development and evaluation. She is a certified EMDR Practitioner and an approved EMDR Consultant with EMDRIA. She has authored and published works from her research on addictions treatment, vicarious trauma and women’s career choices.

Consulting on clinical work can be a great way to increase confidence, inspiration, creativity, maximize clinical results and prevent vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue.  It is highly encouraged that all health care professionals have a healthy support system and clinical consultation is one aspect of that support system that is very valuable.

As a trauma and mental health therapist since the early 1980’s Denise provides clinical consultation to agencies and individuals in the form of individual and group consultation and continuing education.  Denise has experience working cross culturally and in a variety of different clinical settings.  She is willing to travel and sessions are available both on-line and in person.

Specializing in EMDR Therapy and as a registered EMDR Consultant with EMDRIA she also provides both individual and group EMDR Consultation for those who want to improve their EMDR Therapy skills or gain EMDR Certification.

Denise’s ongoing professional development includes an interest in mindfulness based techniques for health and healing. Her holistic interests and her background training in Qigong have also lead her to a deep interest in the relationship of emotions and their influence on the physical body.



Emily Bushell MA CCC RCT

Emily Bushell is a Registered Counselling Therapist who is passionate about fostering resilience and wellness with her clients. Emily believes that we are all capable of achieving stability and growth in our lives.

Emily is a Registered Counselling Therapist with the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists and a Certified Canadian Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. Emily is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for treating trauma and is currently an EMDR Consultant in Training.  Emily believes that empowerment and connection are the cornerstones of healing and wellness and works with clients interested in exploring their lives and making difficult changes.

Before starting her own private practice, Emily worked as a Clinical Counsellor with Coast Mental Health and as a Concurrent Disorders Specialist with Fraser Health Authority in British Columbia. Emily worked in a variety of settings in the mental health system including: treatment centres, outreach teams, methadone clinics and outpatient care. Upon moving home to Nova Scotia, Emily decided to open her own private practice work with her community from a different perspective.

In addition to her clinical work with clients, Emily works with Crisis Trauma and Resource Institute as a trainer facilitating workshops for clinicians on the topics of addictions, trauma, concurrent disorders and critical incident debriefing among other topics. Emily also works with Health Canada on the SOS team to provide support to federal government agencies during crises as well as workshops as needed. As a Consultant in training, Emily also provides EMDR Consultation to EMDR trained clinicians.

Emily Bushell holds a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Adler University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Honours) from Cape Breton University.


Lauren Scott MA RCT-C CCC

Lauren Scott  RCT-C takes a compassionate, direct, and practical approach to her clinical work. She values the therapeutic importance of humour, partnership and collaboration. Lauren is passionate about  working with clients to create the lives that that want to live. In particular, Lauren acknowledges the positive impact a fulfilling career and healthy work life can have on wellbeing. Lauren’s professional experience has given her a deep appreciation for self-care and self-compassion and she brings this with her to her clinical practice.

Before moving into clinical practice, Lauren held leadership roles and high-level executive positions in the corporate world. Lauren brings this unique perspective to her practice as her clients consider the rewards and challenges inherent in high demand, high stress careers. Lauren works to help her clients acknowledge their unique experiences of work place stress, compassion fatigue, and burnout. Through this lens, Lauren helps her clients to identify aspects of their life that need to be strengthened or shifted to support wellness.  She recognizes that clients in these types of roles often feel overwhelmed and engage in an unhealthy pattern of procrastination and can experience anxiety that they will be discovered to be inadequate for their role.  With increased insight, Lauren supports her clients as they apply practical strategies to address what clients decide they want to change. Often, this includes cultivating healthier boundaries and self-care practices. Lauren also enjoys holding space for her clients as they consider career transitions to live more fulfilling lives.

Lauren has clinical experience working with adults and adolescents experiencing a variety of mental health concerns including: anxiety, depression, and trauma. She also has experience facilitating clients’ exploration of gender identity and sexual orientation and the impacts of belonging to marginalized groups. Lauren uses mindfulness techniques and maintains a focus on self-compassion and self-care in her clinical work. Lauren utilizes a variety of therapeutic styles and techniques including:  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Narrative Therapy. 

Lauren is a Registered Counselling Candidate with the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists and is a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.  Lauren also holds a Master of Health Services degree and a Bachelor of Arts from Dalhousie and Acadia Universities

Sessions are available for both individuals and couples.


Brandy Gryshik MSW RSW

Brandy Gryshik, is a Registered Social Worker with a Masters in Clinical Social Work from the University of Calgary. She believes that counselling is an opportunity to challenge relational patterns, develop the skills to build a life worth living, and strengthen mental health through a therapeutic alliance.  She is passionate about holistic healing which includes understanding the connection between social, mental and physical health. 

Brandy has experience as a Clinical Social Worker within the health care authority. In 2017, to meet the increased demand for services, she began offering private counseling services for children and youth 10 years and up. Her approach emphasizes balancing individual goals with family goals and exploring what it means for the family if those goals are similar or in conflict. Therapy sessions can include any of the following approaches: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness Based Therapies, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Kindness and Self-Compassion Therapy and/or Narrative Therapy. Each session balances comfort and growth for children, teens, and caregivers.

It can be difficult for families to ask for help and every individual who reaches out is taken seriously and met with her kindness and compassion. Common reasons that youth and caregivers have reach out for therapy include but are not limited to: the child or teen feeling stressed or unable to meet the demands of school or daily life, family or friendship conflict, alcohol or substance use, anxiety, depression, emotional regulation concerns, feelings that things will not get better, uncertainty of how to make things better, etc.

Colleen D’Orsay holds a Master of Arts Counselling Psychology degree and is registered with the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists (RCT-C).   She brings a warm and calming energy to her therapy practice and loves getting to know people in all their forms.  Colleen takes a strengths-based approach in making meaningful, therapeutic connections to help her clients overcome challenges. Her counselling focus is on injury recovery, mental wellness, addictions and overcoming trauma. Colleen has special interests in working with First Responders, veterans and individuals who self-identify as Indigenous and First Nations. 


Colleen D’Orsay MA RCT-C CCC

Colleen D’Orsay holds a Master of Arts Counselling Psychology degree and is registered with the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists (RCT-C).   She brings a warm and calming energy to her therapy practice and loves getting to know people in all their forms.  Colleen takes a strengths-based approach in making meaningful, therapeutic connections to help her clients overcome challenges. Her counselling focus is on injury recovery, mental wellness, addictions and overcoming trauma. Colleen has special interests in working with First Responders, veterans and individuals who self-identify as Indigenous and First Nations. 

Colleen’s therapeutic interests were peaked as a young adult during her time as a medical assistant with the Canadian Armed Forces (Reserves).  Colleen has also lived and worked in First Nations communities and within 2SLGBTQ+ populations.  This has made her very sensitive to cultural differences, commonalities, diversity and the nuances of the human experience.

Before moving into private practice, Colleen worked clinically in a treatment center for addictions. She also has many years of experience in the social services and helping professions.  Colleen has served as a hospital chaplain and has received masters-level training in spiritual care and counselling. From a policy development perspective, she has worked closely with Indigenous communities and treatment centers across the province to provide support in the development of healing and learning needs promotion and advocacy. Colleen is responsible for pioneering, founding and facilitating the Cape Breton Anxiety and Depression Support Group.

As major life events bring about uncertainty, it can be helpful to access someone who can not only listen, but provide new tools to help cope and thrive.  Colleen recognizes the importance of looking at things from different perspectives and finding meaning in major life changes. Colleen is also proficient in assisting her clients develop coping and distress tolerance skills.   Developing these skills can help clients achieve new insights, personal growth and well-being.  Colleen takes an evidence-based and eclectic therapeutic approach.  She works from a trauma-informed, mindfulness-based perspective and uses techniques from: Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy,  and Solution-Focused Therapy. Colleen tailors her treatment planning to the individual’s needs and their unique set of circumstances.  In this way, clients can be assured they are receiving the most meaningful and change-oriented care. 


Jessica Gingras MA RCT-C

Jessica Gingras is a Registered Counselling Therapist Candidate with the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists and has a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. Jessica originates from Ontario and has previous experience working in the Canadian Forces as a clerk and continues to remain an active participant in military family culture.

Jessica uses an integrative approach when working with clients to adapt to the client’s specific needs and therapeutic goals. She emphasizes the importance of exploring our past and current selves through a compassionate lens in order to help us understand our thoughts and behaviours and make meaningful changes to our lives.

She has experience working with a variety of clients including trauma survivors, individuals living with mental disorders, and those who struggle with maintaining relationships. She is an advocate for BIPOC and 2SLGBTQ+ rights and integrates cultural competence and inclusivity for all into her work.

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